A discussion of the SEC’s administrative enforcement action against Ireeco, LLC and Ireeco, Ltd.

Order Instituting Proceedings On June 23, 2015 the SEC initiated the first action “against brokers handling investments in the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.” According to the Order Instituting Proceedings (“OIP”), Stephen Parnell and Andrew Bartlett formed Ireeco, LLC in 2006 in Boca Raton, Florida. Similarly, they formed Ireeco, Ltd. in 2012 in Hong Kong… Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 13

She’s just a friend A Dutch traveler arrived by air in Detroit claiming that he was en route to Las Vegas to visit a friend. The inspecting officer asked him (1) if he was looking for work in the US, and (2) if he and his “friend” had talked about getting married. The traveler answered… Read More

Extended Visitor Travel to the US and CBP Procedures at Vancouver International Airport

A few months ago a friend reached out to me for some guidance crossing the border. His long-time girlfriend had to attend an 8-month training in the US for work. Her company took care of her work-authorization, but my friend was on his own. Lucky for him, his employer was going to allow him to… Read More

The admissibility of Elizabeth May

On the Jeff O’Neil Show this morning they mentioned that Elizabeth May had been charged with contempt of court. Breathlessly, the hosts proclaimed that now she “can’t cross the border.” Apparently this situation is much more benign. May has been charged with civil contempt, but the judge recommended that she be charged with criminal contempt. In either… Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 7

At JFK a traveler from the Dominican Republic was questioned about his “criminal history.” During secondary inspection, inspecting officers learned that he “got picked up by DEA” the last time he was in the US. According to the traveler, they let him go after two hours. The officer then looks at the camera and says “If he’s been convicted of anything… he’s not admissible.” Read More

What does the rule prohibiting “evidence of… immigration status” mean?

The Washington State Supreme Court recently ordered the creation of a new rule of evidence to become effective on September 1, 2018. Generally, in both civil and criminal cases “evidence of a party’s or a witness’s immigration status shall not be admissible.” In civil and criminal cases there is an exception when “immigration status is an essential… Read More

Border Security America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 2

If a CBP officer determines that a Canadian applying for admission to the U.S. is not “clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted” then she may be returned to Canada pending a removal proceeding. Alternatively, CBP officers have discretion to allow withdrawal of an application for admission to the U.S. Read More